Families displaced by landslide in Murang’a cry for help

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A houses which was destroyed by landslides at Kahati area of Murang’a County. Photo by Bernard Munyao/KNA.

Families  which  were relocated after their homes were affected by landslides in parts of Murang’a want the government to resettle them.

Fifteen  families from Kahatia area of Kahuro Sub-county have been camping at a local Primary School since beginning of December last year after their houses started sinking due to heavy rains experienced in the County.

When  schools opened for first term, the families were forced to rent houses in nearby shopping centres as their homes have been reduced to gullies.

The  families are calling the National and County Government to get them alternative land as their former homes are inhabitable.

On  Thursday, the families in a press briefing asked relevant government agencies to move fast and provide them shelter as they find it hard to live in rented houses.

“When schools opened, we had to move from Kahatia Primary School and rent houses but unfortunately we have no money to pay the rent,” said one of the victims, James Mbogo.

The County, Mbogo noted that provided food for them twice and since then they have been depending on well-wishers to get food.

Several families from Kahuro, Kangema and Mathioya Sub- counties shifted to nearby schools, a move which assisted in protection of lives.

Hilly areas of Murang’a County have been witnessing landslides, leading to loss of lives but during this rainy season no life was lost through landslide incident.

The families appeal to the County Government to hasten getting them land where they can proceed to do their daily economic activities for daily upkeep.

By  Bernard Munyao/Carol Karanja

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